Created in memory of Prudence Scott, the award aims to find engaging and unique essay length works which share a commitment to truth telling and respond to the time we are in and the world as it is.
Kendal Mountain Festival will be hosting the award-ceremony in November 2022 when one writer will win £10,000! And a further five shortlisted writers will receive £1000. Shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology.
Prudence Mary Milligan was born in 1926 to a naval family. She was given a Quaker education and then trained as a nurse. In 1952 she married and in 1961 moved to the Lake District where she brought up her four children, mostly as a single parent. It was a quiet, contained sort of existence, which immersed her children in nature: hedgehogs, Fell ponies, curlews. She was a great reader and sometimes wrote poetry – but always she kept up with her journals. In them, she observes her children and her surroundings with the same restless, curious, unsentimental eye. She died in London on 1 September 2019, aged 93.
Emma Dickens, The Nature Chronicles Team said: "Over lockdown, something called nature was at once the cause of a virus, and a means of escape from its effects. We hope the first anthology will record the range of human responses to the jolt that was Covid-19’
The Prize is open for submissions, grab your pens and get scribbling!
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